Miguna Miguna. [File, Standard]

Canadian-based Kenyan lawyer Miguna Miguna is demanding to be allowed back to the country for the swearing-in ceremony of president-elect William Ruto.

Ruto’s swearing-in ceremony has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 13.

In a letter to the chair of the Assumption of Office of the President Joseph Kinyua dated September 7, Miguna wants to be facilitated to travel to Nairobi.

Miguna has given the Head of Public Service a 24-hour timeline to facilitate his travel, specifically by giving him emergency travel documents and lifting red alerts issued to airlines in 2018.

“Thus, your Committee has an overarching duty and legal obligation to ensure that our client is facilitated to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the 5th President, His Excellency William Samoei Ruto, without fail,” his letter reads.

Miguna has made the demands through his lawyer Adrian Kamotho Njenga.

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In the letter, Miguna’s legal representatives argue that government officials in the outgoing regime have failed to comply with court orders, which had directed them to facilitate his return to Kenya.

“Without an iota of legality, some notorious operatives of the outgoing regime forcefully removed our client from the Kenyan territory. Since then, numerous court orders have been issued against the officials of the outgoing administration, directing them to facilitate our client’s return,” Miguna’s lawyer says.

Through his lawyers, Miguna now wants Kinyua to facilitate his return and replace his old passport.

“Accordingly, our instructions are to seek from you, which we hereby do, the immediate facilitation of our client’s return to his motherland. Further, may we have your earliest confirmation that all the red alerts and other unlawful restrictions that were ruthlessly imposed on our client have been lifted,” Mr Kamotho said.

 “In view of the excruciating urgency of the circumstances, we look forward to hearing from you at the earliest and in any event, within the next twenty-four (24) hours,” he said.

The exiled lawyer is also seeking compensation of about Sh1.1 million from the state. He says the compensation is to cover financial losses incurred during his unsuccessful trip from Canada to Kenya last year.

A case is pending in court.

Miguna was deported in February 2018, days after his arrest, for the role he played in the mock swearing-in of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga on January 30, 2018.

He unsuccessfully tried to return to Kenya on March 26, 2018, forcing his lawyers to go to court.

Miguna was deported to Canada in February 2018.

This was after playing a major role in the mock swearing-in of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga on January 30, 2018.

Miguna unsuccessfully attempted to come back to Kenya on March 26, 2018. This prompted his lawyers to go to court.

As a result, in November 2021, the High Court directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to give him emergency travel documents, to facilitate his return.

This order was not complied with.


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